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The calm after the storm

I feel as though the past few months have been a roller coaster.  Constant ups and downs, sharp curves, and even getting flipped upside down.  I'm exhausted and emotionally drained.

I'm praying that life will slow down now and I can get back to being me.  In the midst of all the craziness of life, I decided to resign from my job.  It was a very hard decision to make because I truly enjoyed working part time and loved the people.  But,  I wanted to be fair to the company.  They had been so generous with allowing me the time away from the office to help with caring for my family.  I didn't know how long it would take and I didn't want to take advantage of their kindness, so I resigned.

A perk of my new found freedom, I decided that I would take a road trip, all by myself!!!  I loved it!  I drove up to visit my brother, sister-in-law and nephew in Indiana.  It took me about 10 1/2 hours and I only stopped once :)  I had the joy of staying there a few days and getting some extra cuddles in with my adorable perfect nephew.  I was in heaven.  I even babysat one afternoon so Michael and Amanda could go on a date.




After a few days, I headed to Pittsburgh for a quick stop on my way to West Virginia.  I got to take my Pap out on a lunch date.  It was awesome :)

I <3 my Pap!
Then, I ended my trip at our place on the Greenbrier River with Will's side of the
family.  As usual, it was a wonderful time.  We did some yard work to tidy up the place, then ate A LOT and road our bikes.  We did a 27 mile ride one day....ouch!!! My butt was pretty sore that night!

Yard Work
I'm helping Charles grill some burgers and hotdogs
Derik (Will's cousin), Mark (my father-in-law) and Brent (brother-in-law) 
TOOT Festival we went to
Julie, Charles and me on our bike ride
The gang before our ride
Me and my bike :)
A tunnel on the trail
My mother-in-law and me :)

I had a great trip - and found it pretty fun driving myself all over the place.  Can't wait to do it again soon!!

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Our North Dakota Trip
Having my sisters (and family) visit camp for the 1st time
The West Virginia State Fair
More family camp visits
Taking my pups on walks at camp

Spending Christmas with our families

Celebrating my brother-in-laws 40th birthday
Visiting South Padre Island and Mexico

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